07/03/2018

KESS2 PhD in Engineering: Investigating Advanced Measurements and Modelling of Semiconductor Devices

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  • ORGANISATION NAME
    Cardiff University
  • ORGANISATION COUNTRY
    United Kingdom
  • FUNDING TYPE
    Funding
  • DEADLINE DATE
    14/09/2018
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Formal sciences
  • CAREER STAGE
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)

Project Description

The project will include research in novel application space around a recently launched product, the RAPID load-pull system developed by Mesuro.

Mesuro is a Cardiff University spin-out, and is now a leading developer of semiconductor device modeling,characterization and optimisation test solutions. These systems are used to deliver ground breaking performance improvements in the design and manufacture of RF & Microwave devices and amplifiers.

The RAPID load-pull system has two key attributes that make it attractive tocompanies performing semiconductor characterisation or RF circuit design:

  • it offers near real-time measurement speed of RF performance over variable operating conditions
  • it offers the ability to control the impedance environment over wide-bandwidths, which becomes more vital as emerging communication standards become wider-band to deal with increased data rates.

The first topic covered will be optimum measurement approaches for different applications using the new technology, examples could include:

  • analysisof semiconductor process through real-time mapping of the device boundary conditions such as the knee region and pinch-off region, allowing for detailed investigation of process related issues such as knee walkout and pinch-off problems, device measurements will be used to show the value and scientific added value of such an approach the ability to emulate wide-band circuit impedances for broad-band power amplifier design automated approaches
  • to uncover high efficiency modes of operation aimed at improving the energy efficiency of communications system.

Funding

Fees are accounted for centrally by the University (with no charge to student/school accounts).

UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply

Please see the course page for further information on funding and eligibility.